Okay, you guys, I have a confession to make: I love sandwiches. There’s just something perfect about the way bread wraps around the fillings. It’s a perfectly chewy experience, and your brain somehow knows something is missing when you try to eat the insides without the bread. So, how to you take your favorite sandwich recipes and turn them into low-carb versions? Check out what we did with these Low-Carb Turkey Club Lettuce Cups and you’ll have the answer!
You see, sometimes you can’t just take the sandwich toppings and plop them in a lettuce cup. If you tried to use sliced turkey and whole bacon (like you would on a classic turkey club), it wouldn’t eat right. So we had to redesign the turkey club to make it fit in a lettuce cup. The result is a tasty wrap that has all the flavor of your favorite sandwich, but with only 2 grams of carbs!
A Keto-Friendly Sandwich
If you’re on a low-carb diet like the keto diet, you are probably missing some of your favorite foods. I know I am! That’s what’s so great about recipes like these Low-Carb Turkey Club Lettuce Cups. There’s no added sugar and there’s plenty of fat, so you’ll keep your body in ketosis while keeping your taste buds happy.
It all starts with the turkey. Like we said, sliced turkey wouldn’t really satisfy in a lettuce cup; it just wouldn’t have the right texture. So we whip up a batch of ground turkey instead, which only takes about 5 minutes in a hot skillet.
You could easily make the turkey ahead of time and reheat it when you’re ready to eat (which makes this recipe great for meal planning). I usually pack the cooked turkey in one container and put all the toppings in another. Then you can toss the turkey to the microwave as you assemble the lettuce cups. Add in the warm filling and top it off with our tasty mayonnaise and lemon juice sauce and you’re ready to go!
The Best Variety for Lettuce Cups
We love using Bibb lettuce for lettuce cups. Bibb is a type of butter lettuce, and it might also be labeled as Boston at the grocery store. This lettuce not only tastes rich and buttery, but it wraps really nicely because it’s so soft. It isn’t as likely to break in half as you eat it. That’s important when making lettuce wraps!
But let’s say you want something with a really crispy texture. You could also look into iceberg lettuce, but be forewarned: this stuff is tough to wrap. It can easily snap in half, so if you get frustrated easily we’d recommend avoiding iceberg! Romaine leaves (especially baby romaine) also offer a good crunch, but they’re even harder to wrap. You might want to leave them as open-faced cups if you really want to use romaine.
No matter which type of lettuce you choose, these Low-Carb Turkey Club Lettuce Cups are a great way to satisfy your taste buds while sticking to your low-carb diet. We can’t wait for you to try them! Let us know what you think in the comments.
Yield: 3 Servings | Serving Size: 2 club cups | Calories: 382 | Total Fat: 27 g | Saturated Fat: 8 g | Carbohydrates: 2 g | Fiber: 0 | Sugar: 1 g | Protein: 33 g | Cholesterol: 128 mg | Sodium: 487 mg | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6
- 14 ounces ground turkey
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 6 leaves of bibb lettuce (or another large leaf variety of lettuce)
- 3 slices turkey bacon, diced and cooked
- 1 roma tomato, diced small
- 2 tablespoons red onion, diced small
- 1/2 cup fat-free shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons clean eating mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Cook the ground turkey in a large skillet on medium heat. Break up the turkey as it cooks into small pieces, season with salt and pepper.
- Place the lettuce leaves on a flat surface. Fill each with about 3 tablespoons of the cooked ground turkey. Top each with the bacon, tomato, onion, and cheese.
- In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and lemon juice. Drizzle over lettuce cups. Serve.
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